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‘Fanatic Heart’ Screening: A Message From Migrant Workers

Feb 19, 2023
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Para Site
22/F, Wing Wah Ind. Building, 677 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

A Message From Migrant Workers
Collaborative animated film co-directed by: Maria Christina Anire, Cristina Cayat, Marilyn Lopez, Jonalyn Molina, and Marichel Tomines
With contributions from: Nora Lonesto, Maryson A. Medina, Maria Concepcion Carandang, and Maria Hermana Silva

CG Animation: Tom McCaughan
Project coordinator: Justyna Kabala, Senior Lecturer at University of the Arts London (UAL)


This short, animated documentary film was developed in collaboration with five Filipino artists who also work as domestic workers in Hong Kong. The narrative presents five personal experiences of migrant domestic workers, collated by the collaborating artists. The stories aim to shine a light on what working as a domestic worker abroad means, discussing the issues the workers face, from accommodation, pandemic effects, to working away from families, but also focusing on the worker’s motivations, dreams, and plans for the future.

The aim of this community filmmaking project was to explore new ways of collaborating online through skill share practices. Run between 2021 and 2022, the online film writing workshop programme was developed in response to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions which significantly curtailed the domestic workers community in-person skill share practices. The film aims to shine a light on the community’s strength and resilience through talking about their skill share activities practiced often in public space, in the limited spare time on their day off.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with co-directors Jonalyn Molina, Marilyn Lopez, Maria Christina Anire, Marichel Tomines, and one of the subjects of the film, Nora Lonesto.

The discussion will be in English. No registration required; all are welcome.